Financial aid

We help make college affordable

The Office of Financial Aid at VCU provides a variety of services to help students afford higher education via grants, scholarships, work-study employment and loans. Our office administers and distributes funds from federal, state, institutional and private fund sources.

VCU uses all available funds to help students gain access to a college education. Eligibility for financial aid varies depending on a student’s academic and financial circumstances. In most cases, each student will qualify for some form of financial assistance.

VCU is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.
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  • $18,887: Average financial aid awarded to full-time undergraduates seeking assistance in 2020-21

Learn how aid works

Explore the application process and how aid is determined and awarded.

Apply for aid

Read detailed instructions to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and what items you need to get started.

Explore the types of aid

Review an overview of grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, loans and more.

See how to maintain aid

Learn about satisfactory academic progress requirements, as well as the appeal filing process.

Estimate tuition and fees

Whether you're planning to attend as an undergraduate or post-undergraduate, part-time or full-time, and in-state or out-of-state student, you can use our calculator to determine the per-semester cost of attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Please note the calculator provides an estimate of expenses, and may not reflect the complete cost of tuition, fees and other charges.

Learn more about the tuition and fees calculator